10 Best Savannah Seafood Restaurants: Fresh From the Docks, Straight to Your Plate

Amy Pine

By , Local Expert, Savannah
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Nestled just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean and dissected by numerous rivers and waterways, Savannah is a seafood lover's paradise, with fresh, delicious fish and shellfish available all over the city.

For a traditional seafood experience, head out to Tybee Island and grab a seat at the Crab Shack, a longtime favorite that specializes in peel-and-eat shrimp, crabs and oysters. Other Tybee Island favorites include A-J’s Dockside, Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp, StingRays Restaurant and CoCo’s Sunset Café.

Those who don’t feel like venturing out of Savannah’s Historic District will find a nice selection of eateries with...  Read more »

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    Crab Shack

    Platters of shrimp, crab and oysters and a casual, lively atmosphere make popular Tybee Island eatery the...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Shack Specialty, a platter that is piled high with whatever shellfish is currently in season and served with corn, potatoes and sausage. Portions are available for one, two, three or four people, and the more you get, the better the deal."

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    Driftaway Cafe

    Seafood dishes are presented with flair at Driftaway CafĂ©, located in Savannah's popular Sandfly...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Request a seat by the window at the back of the restaurant to enjoy a lovely view of lush greenery and a quaint stream."

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    Pearl's Saltwater Grille

    The seafood is superb and the view is even better at Pearl's Saltwater Grille, an eatery located on the Herb River.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're a shrimp lover who is having trouble making up your mind, go for the shrimp three ways, a delectable feast consisting of grilled jumbo Caribbean shrimp, fried shrimp and Applewood smoked bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp."

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    Olde Pink House

    Upscale eatery the Olde Pink House has a menu chock full of seafood favorites, from a blackened oyster appetizer to a lavish shellfish tower.

    Local Expert Tip: "Plan to arrive early and enjoy a drink and music downstairs in Planters Tavern, a cozy, historic bar with exposed brick, fireplaces and beautiful woodwork."

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    Barracuda Bob's Bar & Grill

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Neighborhood: Riverfront

    One of the newest additions to River Street, Barracuda Bob's Bar & Grill has been praised by diners for...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't pass up the calamari."

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    Russo's Seafood Restaurant

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $10

    It's no surprise that the city's best seafood market also happens to run a great restaurant. Be sure to try Russo's fried oyster po boy.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're dying to serve up some of Russo's fresh seafood at home, be sure to visit the neighboring seafood market. You can arrange to have your seafood shipped overnight to anyplace in the U.S."

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    Gerald's Pig and Shrimp

    The seafood menu at Gerald's Pig and Shrimp may be limited, but the outdoor eatery on Tybee has the best fried shrimp in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check the restaurant's website or Facebook page for hours of operation before you go. Gerald's Pig and Shrimp is open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and occasionally closes during the low season."

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    Tortugas Island Grille

    Tortugas Island Grille is a favorite among locals thanks to its laid back Caribbean vibe and fantastic seafood menu.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tortugas is pet friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch. The restaurant even provides bowls of water for your thirsty four-legged friends."

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    A-J's Dockside Restaurant

    Great seafood and a view that can't be beat keep locals coming back to A-J's Dockside, a Tybee Island eatery located on the Back River.

    Local Expert Tip: "If beer is your poison of choice, head to A-J's. The restaurant features 46 different varieties of beer by the bottle."

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    River House Seafood

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $26
    • Neighborhood: Riverfront

    A staple on historic River Street, the River House has a solid seafood menu with tasty choices like crispy scored floudner and Dungeness crab legs.

    Local Expert Tip: "The River House likes to tout its Chatham Artillery Punch, which is made from a Colonial-era recipe. But does the drink live up to its hype? Yes it does. Just be sure to sip the alcohol-laden cocktail slowly."



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